After 200 miles of training on the AZT, I’ve decided that I will not be attempting a speed hike on the PCT this year. It’s a very hard decision as I am literally 100% physically and logistically ready and armed with all kinds of knowledge from my previous attempt in 2012. However, that experience is both a boon and a detriment, as I know how difficult and grueling and miserable a speed attempt is. Putting in consecutive big miles (40+) for 60ish days just isn’t fun or enjoyable and keeps one in a constant state of stress – I have a constant deadline of making the miles or else I fail… which are all things that shouldn’t be part of a long hike! With my motivation flagging, it wouldn’t be sensible to start my attempt as once in shape, a hike like this is really mostly mental. Although I am saddened at not being on the PCT, the FKT idea still smolders in the back of my mind, too bad this was the PERFECT year for it. Hopefully I’ll find my motivation again and reattempt in the future. Thanks for all those who gave me encouragement and well wishes. I give my best to the class of 2014 and the other FKT attemptees. For now I am going to enjoy my summer (and hike the CT!), as we mortals only have so many summers to enjoy.
Wow, I noticed some people typing “eric fuller goes for the pct record” to find the story of my PCT FKT Attempt and found this great article on my near death experience back on June 12 2012 when These Pictures were taken… Thank You Skywalker! Eric B. Fuller, Hundy
Here are the links to my radio interview with WSRadio.com a few days before I left on my PCT FKT Attempt June 7.
Eric B. Fuller, Hundy
HOW DRY ARE WE?: A difference a year makes … The snow-pack in the Sierra Nevada is our main source for the water supply. We are so dry we do not have much and no relief is in the extended …
Look what happened to these guys!
The U.S. Forest Service has upheld its 1988 order closing the Pacific Crest Trail to mountain biking. In a Nov. 25 letter to the Pacific Crest Trail Association, Regional Forester Randy Moore states that the order is consistent with legislation, regulations, directives, the recommendations of the PCT Advisory Council and the PCT Comprehensive Management Plan.
“In order to continue to protect the trail as a resource and to provide a safe and unique recreation experience for the primary users – hikers and equestrians – the continuance of Regional Order 88-4 is needed,” Moore wrote.
Meanwhile, a national partnership of trail leaders, recreation advocates and federal land managers has opened a dialogue on how, when and where mountain bike use fits into the National Trails System.
PCTA continues to believe that the PCT is best used and protected as a resource for hikers and horseback riders. That said, PCTA believes mountain bikes are an integral part of the National Trails System. PCTA supports quality recreational experiences for bikers on public land and we are committed to working with cycling groups to ensure that they have equal opportunity to develop long-distance riding opportunities.
We look forward to participating in the national dialogue in 2014.
Geraldine Largay was reported missing on July 24th. She was thru hiking the Appalachian Trail and within days of the end of her incredible journey. Dozens of people, including the Maine Warden Service and search dogs, have combed the woods for miles only to come back empty handed. Geraldine is 66 years of age, from Tennessee, and seemingly vanished without any clues. With winter approaching, and traces of her nowhere to be found, the search for Geraldine has been scaled back. Outdoor expert, and Outersports colleague, Bill Brock joined up with a Master Maine Guide Bill and decided to do something about it. Mr. Brock had met with Geraldine Largay on the Appalachian trail just two days before her disappearance, near Caribou Pond, as they headed in opposite directions. During that time the rain was falling heavy and the creek crossing was moving fast.
A theory emerged that might take the search in a different direction than previously thought. Due to the heavy rain, it was possible that the missing hiker had attempted to cross a rushing creek and may have been swept downstream. This previously had seemed unlikely as the creek is normally very easy to cross. The above photo shows the creek crossing where Mr. Brock believes she may have fallen in.
Working with the Maine Warden Service; Master Maine Guide, who goes by the name “Wild Bill”, and Bill Brock organized a quick search party with Jinger Olinselot. The party was provided with Merino Wool base layers and socks, a Hennessy Hammock, and other outdoor gear from Outersports to aid in their search. In less than 24 hours the team uncovered possible evidence of the missing hiker. The find was immediately reported to the Maine Warden Service for further investigation.
With the search for Geraldine Largay still underway, let it serve as a stark reminder to keep safety first while in the outdoors. Our hearts and thoughts go out to her friends and family still waiting for closure, as well as the hard working individuals still looking for her.
A handful of close friends awaited Matt Kirk atop Springer Mountain, Ga., in August, 58 days 9 hours and 38 minutes after he left Mount Katahdin in Maine. Sunlight filtered through the thick fog that was covering the mountain. Then a long and lean hiker appeared through the mist, and in a few final strides, he reached the summit plaque to the sound of cowbell and cheering.
It was the accomplishment of a lifetime for Kirk. After being introduced to camping at age 17, Matt fell in love with the Appalachian Trail on a trip to the Grayson Highlands in Virginia with his parents. He tackled a northbound trek of the A.T. in 2001 when he was 20 years old. Long-distance running and hiking became an obsession. He went on to add thru-hikes of Vermont’s Long Trail, the Colorado Trail, California’s John Muir Trail, and in 2011, the Mountains to Sea Trail in North Carolina. He also set records thru-hiking the Bartram Trail and completing the South Beyond 6,000 Challenge.
Now, at age 32, he has accomplished his toughest trek to date: an unsupported southbound thru-hike. He hiked to all of his resupply points and even made his own ultra-lightweight backpack, setting a new unsupported A.T. speed record in the process.